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2. What You Should do Before You Get Started
With a better understanding of what a vision board is and how it can help you with your life goals, let’s go over the planning stage. Creating your vision board will take a few steps, but can be done. While you can definitely just find pictures that represent your goals and aspirations and put them on a board of your choosing, it does help to do a little planning beforehand.
Here are some tips for choosing what you want to include on your first vision board:
Decide What Type of Vision Board You Want
Before you do anything else, you need to know what type of vision board this is. If you want more of a classic vision board, it can represent the different areas of your life, like family and relationships, work or school, finances, personal or home life, and anything else that is of importance to you.
However, you might also want to have a more topic-specific vision board, such as if you have one big goal you are trying to reach, or you want to focus more on your professional life after college.
To start figuring out what type of vision board you want, here are some quick tips:
Look for online inspiration – The first thing you can do is perform a simple search for vision boards and get a good idea of what others do. Some will look like the more traditional vision boards, while others are specific to just one thing, such as the future, a dream life, planning for college, saving for a vacation, and so much more.
Make a list of your biggest priorities in life – You can also get out your journal or notebook, and just make a list of what comes to mind first when you think about who you want to be or where you want your life to go. Do you notice any type of trend in this list? That might be a good place to start.
See what you pin the most on Pinterest – As we have mentioned before, Pinterest is a great way to see your vision board in the digital space. Look at what you have been pinning lately or the most often, and that is usually a good indication of what your life priorities and ambitions are. You can create a specific board just as your vision board.
What is the Purpose of Your Vision Board?
Next, the planning stage includes figuring out what to add to the vision board, not just in choosing the type of vision board. You want it to have purpose, whether that is to help you focus on your goals, plan better, organize your time, or just act with more intention.
Think of WHY you want a vision board and make a list of your top reasons. This is good to do during these early planning stages as a way to figure out which direction to go with your vision board. Having a WHY can make all the difference in the world.
Think About Areas You Want to Improve
If you are still a little stuck about what to include on your vision board, don’t just think about what you want to accomplish, but where you want to improve.
Is there an area of your life where you feel you are falling behind? Something you aren’t doing, or a goal you can’t seem to wrap your head around? Do you feel like you have no motivation for advancing your career or feel a little stuck in your personal life?
These are things to keep in mind when figuring out what to put on your vision board and which direction to go with it. It can help you get unstuck and figure out areas of your life that need the most improvement.
Include Small and Big Goals
Remember that goals don’t always need to be a major life change that takes years to complete. There are many different types of goals people have, both big and small. Maybe you have smaller goals that will only take a few weeks or months to complete, and a couple BIG goals that will take more time and dedication.
Include all of them! These are all important to YOU, which makes them a priority and something to focus on. When you achieve them with the help of your vision board and other tools you plan to use, you feel more accomplished and like your life has more meaning.
Decide How You Want to Set it Up
We will go more into creating the vision board later, but while in the planning stages, consider how you want to set it up. Things like what sources of pictures you want to use, the size of the vision board, and materials you would like to use. Do you want it to be a single poster board, a small canvas, a notebook with page protectors, a small album, a cork board that you can change and reorganize? Pinterest has lots of ideas.
3. Ideas for What to Include in Your Vision Board
In the next section, you are going to get some tips for setting up your vision board, but first, let’s discuss some different areas of what to include on your vision board. This gives you even more ideas for what you might want on the board, or where to get your inspiration from.
Business and Work Goals
The first idea for what to include on your vision board has to do with your professional career. This can be about your dream career, finishing college or planning for college for the career, changing jobs, getting a promotion, or related more to your financial future.
There is so much that can be added in this category! But here are some ideas:
Getting a promotion at your current job
Reaching a goal income level
Visualizing your life after getting your dream career
Working through CHOOSING the career you might want
A side hustle to make some extra money doing a hobby
Personal Life Goals
Consider some personal life goals you can include on your vision board. This covers just about every area of your personal life, and is sometimes combined with other categories, like health or business. For example:
Where you want to live
Places you want to travel
Your dream vacation
What your lifestyle will be like
Family goals and aspirations
Starting a family or lifestyle blog
Becoming a social media influencer
There really is no wrong way to do this! The personal life vision board is all about you, what you want, and what personal goals you have in your life.
What are also some health goals you might want to plan out on your vision board, either on a health vision board, or just on your personal vision board? Remember this can be both your physical and emotional health, since both are equally important.
Physical Health – This is a very common category to include on a vision board. Your physical health can start with your physical appearance, such as losing weight or toning your body. You can include images that show the type of body you want, or pictures of you in the shape you want to work towards.
It can also be about general health issues you have, or visualizing what it can look like when you heal certain aspects of your physical health. Maybe you just want to focus on eating better or exercising. Those are good images to include on the vision board.
Emotional/Mental Health – There are also ways to include your emotional or mental health on the vision board. Maybe you have been suffering with anxiety, and want to visualize what life would be like after you treat it, or you want to express your emotions about your depression or stress. This is just as important as improving your physical health, so it is worth exploring.
List of Priorities
Finally, we want to talk to you about other ways to use your vision board. It does not always have to be about goals you have in life! Vision boards are for you and whatever purpose you want to use it for.
Instead of goals, you can simple use it to show your biggest priorities in your life. Things that matter to you, reasons you wake up in the morning, the main sources of your motivation and inspiration.
Visualization is a powerful thing, to accomplish something and have more gratitude for what you have life.
Use these as a gratitude visualization tool, by including images of what you appreciate, love, and cherish, such as:
.. anything else you care about!
Are you starting to think about how you can make this a reality?
More in another post to come.